For Immediate Release
Sunrise Ahead of Biden's Joint Address: "Legislate Like Our Lives Depend on It"
On the eve of President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, Sunrise Movement partnered with Justice Democrats, United We Dream, and Battle Born Collective to release a progress report on President Biden’s first 100 days in office. Sunrise’s Communications Director, Zina Precht-Rodriguez, issued the following statement to complement the 100 days report:
“In November, voters delivered a climate mandate to President Biden that secured him and the Senate a last-shot chance at stopping the climate crisis. But while Biden still rides the wave of our “climate action equals jobs” rhetoric, the truth is, he hasn’t been relentless on passing popular climate legislation. Setting climate targets and adopting a Rooseveltian governing approach to crises is a precursor, but it isn’t enough. Now is the time for Biden to back up his progressive messaging with climate action that will actually stop the crisis at the scale that science and justice demand.”
“Here are the facts. We need a $10 trillion of investment over the next decade to end the unemployment crisis and put millions of people to work in good, union jobs stopping the climate crisis. In order to do this, Biden must come out in full support of Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) for Jobs and Justice Act in his address tomorrow night. In addition to direct public employment through a CCC, Biden must do everything in his power to pass a Clean Energy Standard to advance environmental justice and support a bold transition to renewable energy as well as the PRO Act to ensure all jobs created are indeed good, union jobs where workers are protected and guaranteed the right to organize.
“Nearly 100 days into the Biden presidency, we cannot wait any longer for the administration and Congress to act on the mandate they were elected on. No more empty promises. Legislate like our lives depend on it.”